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Missed Symptoms of Stroke

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Stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is cut off or reduced. The longer the blood supply is interrupted the higher the risk of brain injury, disability and death. Stroke happens very quickly, and affects all people, of all ages, including children, and is the biggest cause of disability in the UK. Early diagnosis of stroke is crucial and can make a huge difference in avoiding serious and permanent injury.

If you live with, or care for, somebody in a high-risk group, such as someone who is elderly or has diabetes or high blood pressure, being aware of the symptoms is crucial. The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

•Face – the face may have dropped on one side; the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
•Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
•Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
•Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.

Symptoms in the FAST test identify most strokes, but occasionally a stroke can cause different symptoms.

Other symptoms and signs may include:

•complete paralysis of one side of the body
•sudden loss or blurring of vision
•difficulty understanding what others are saying
•problems with balance and co-ordination
•difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
•a sudden and very severe headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
•loss of consciousness

Natural causes are not the only reason why strokes happen, sometimes mistakes by medical staff can also sometimes result in a person suffering a stroke. For example, doctors may fail to recognise the signs of stroke, may not send you for investigations promptly, or may fail to monitor patients who are on medication that could increase the risk of suffering a stroke.

Having a stroke makes you more susceptible to another one in the future, so missing the first one can lead to struggles in identifying the next.

Do you Have a Case?
Due to the catastrophic effects a stroke can have if it is misdiagnosed, missed, or inadequately treated, the compensation amounts can be significant. It not only affects the life of the person who has the stroke, but it also has a major impact on those around them.

Avoiding a stroke is not always possible and the treatment options available are fact specific. However, if you consider there was a delay in diagnosing or treating your symptoms it would be wise to seek legal advice to determine whether you might have a case for clinical negligence.

Making life more comfortable after a stroke can be difficult if you lack the funds for care, or home adaptations. If a claim is successful, part of the award can include compensation for past and future care, aids, equipment, adaptations, and accommodation which will help ease the stress on you and your family. It can give you and your family the security you need to help rebuild your lives after a stroke occurs.

Contact one of our legal advisers on 0800 999 1234 more information about how we could help you or contact us online at - https://www.mymedicalclaim.co.uk/

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